Honors

Frequently Asked Questions

The Honors Program at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is an opportunity for academically motivated students to participate in challenging and rewarding educational experiences. The purpose of the Honors Program is to foster greater depth of thought in reading, writing, and discussion with faculty and guest lecturers that will better prepare Honors students to complete degrees and begin their careers. Honors students at Paradise Valley Community College form a community of bright, energetic and caring students who are committed to their classes, to the Honors Program, and to the college.

Yes. Notify the Honors Program immediately if you move or change your phone number, this applies for the summer months as well. You can email the Honors Program or call 602.787.7888. The Honors Program cannot keep in touch with you if we don't know where you are, so make sure you update your information when it changes.

Yes. Each Honor's student must take a minimum of one 3 credit Honors class for each semester that they participate in the Honors Program in order to remain qualified. This may either be an Honors Only class, or a regular class turned into an Honors class by doing a contract. Those in the first year of the Presidents’ Honors Scholarship must enroll in an Honors Only class.

No. Unlike high school, college courses (including Honors courses) are not weighted.

No. If you should decide to leave the Honors Program you would not lose any of your credits earned while taking Honors courses. Those credits would still appear on your transcript and count as fulfilling General Education requirements. Before deciding to withdrawal from the Honors Program, we ask you to talk to one of the coordinators first because frequently a student has misinformation or a problem we can solve. We are here for you, so use us! Naturally, we hope that you will choose to stay in the program. However, you can become ineligible for the Honors Program if your grades fall below the required minimum GPA of 3.25, fail to maintain full time status, or fail to complete an Honors contract or project on time according to program policies.

Additional scholarships are available for eligible students. Requirements vary for each individual scholarship. Visit the Honors Scholarship page for a listing of those opportunities.

The Student Honors Advisory Council (SHAC) is an organization open to all Honors students. This group of engaged students suggest and plan educational, cultural, and social activities for the enrichment of PVCC. Meetings take place in the Honors Center (K101) biweekly.

To enroll into an Honors class, a student must come into the Honors Office for permission. Only the Honors Office processes enrollment into Honors classes. Students must pick up a registration card and fill out it out with the desired course information. The Honors Coordinator will then enroll them, assuming they have photo identification and the appropriate Honors application on file. The Honors Office does not have any permission numbers for courses, so visiting the Honors Office is the method to enroll.